The Historical City and Suburbs: A Development Pattern Comparison: Case of Studies of the Historical Centre of Durango, Mexico and the Analco Neighborhood

By Hassibi A. Mora Perez and Yuichi Fukukawa.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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The city of Durango, which was very recently inscribed as a part of the World Heritage “Silver Route”, is a colonial Spanish American city that was a very important center for the mining industry. The Indian town of San Juan Bautista de Analco was an independent territory later annexed to the city of Durango, becoming one of its neighborhoods. The founding of each of the places was the result of different reasons: on one hand, economics was the purpose for the establishment of the city of Durango; and on the other hand, religion was the purpose for the establishment of the Indian town of Analco. The differences between these two places are not only limited to their origins, but also, from the point of view of physical development, include their urban growth and development. In this research we analyze, from an urban point of view, the historical factors for their respective blocks’ typologies and shapes, as well as the differences and/or similarities in their building typologies, to discover the degree of influence one might have had over the other.

Keywords: Historical City, Historical Suburb, Development Pattern, Urbanization Process, Block Typology

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.153-169. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 13.189MB).

Hassibi A. Mora Perez

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Hassibi A. Mora Perez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Architecture and Urban science Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan: I graduated with honors from Durango Institute of Technology, majoring in architecture, in 2004. In 2006 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan granted me a scholarship to pursue my graduate studies. I was a research student, and later entered the Master course of Architecture and Urban Science at Chiba University, developing research related to the social role in green roofs in Tokyo, and graduating in 2009. From 2009 to date I have been researching for my Ph.D. The subject of my research is currently related to regeneration of historical areas.

Prof. Yuichi Fukukawa

Professor, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Science, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Dr. Eng. Yuichi Fukukawa, Professor, Architecture and Urban Science, Chiba University Japan: Urban planning and design, architectural planning and design and historic conservation.